Facing Darkness

Theatrical Release: March 30, 2017
DVD Release: July 25, 2017
Facing Darkness


Limited Theatrical release one night only March 30, 2017 – In July 2014, Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol received a death sentence. They were medical missionaries—Kent with international relief organization Samaritan’s Purse and Nancy with Serving in Mission (SIM)—working in Eternal Love Winning Africa (ELWA) Hospital in Liberia. As they fought a surging epidemic of the killer virus Ebola, a crisis the world largely ignored, Kent and Nancy caught the disease themselves.

The team at Samaritan’s Purse worked around the clock toward the only hope for Brantly and Writebol. It was something that had never been done—evacuate the Ebola patients to the U.S. for treatment and cure.

From Executive Producer Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan’s Purse, “Facing Darkness” weaves a gripping, miraculous, true story of fighting fear with faith amid the heroic efforts to get Brantly and Writebol home, save their lives and drive the world to action against the Ebola epidemic.

Dove Review

“Facing Darkness” is an inspiring film about the Ebola crisis in Liberia in 2014, and ultimately, the victory that prevailed over it. Featuring Franklin Graham and two people that faced a death sentence—Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol—and given medical treatment until a cure was found, this gripping film is educational, sad, and ultimately, gratifying. Zmapp was the medicine; the cure—they found.

This movie features some sad moments, death and grieving, but it is also educational and inspiring. As of May 9, 2015, they were Ebola-free. We are glad to award the film our Faith-Friendly Seal for ages 12-plus.

Content Description

Sex: None.
Language: H (Biblical place)-1.
Violence: Non-graphic footage of people shooting guns; the glow of the fire of bodies being cremated, but the bodies are not seen.
Drugs: Medicine is used including IVs.
Nudity: Shirtless boys.
Other: People cry while talking about Ebola, death and grief; dead bodies seen on ground in several scenes; people have a reaction to medicine; a young girl screams as the body of a relative is taken away.


Company: Lovell-Fairchild Comm.
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 98 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Edwin L Carpenter